…Psalm 72:1-19: Solomon Celebrates His Blessings

To the Coming Reign of the Righteous King–Christ the Messiah

Psalm 72 is one of only two psalms written by Solomon. In it, he prays that he and his royal descendants would rule over Israel with righteousness and compassion. These traits please God, and all the people of Israel are inclined to imitate such a king. If Israel practiced such righteousness, God promised to bless her with prosperity and global fame. This would make kings and citizens of other countries aware of Israel’s God and Israel’s ways.  It is through the kings that the Lord God’s blessings are mediated to the people.

A Psalm of Solomon.
     1     Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s son.
     2     May he judge Your people with righteousness and your afflicted with justice.
     3     Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
     4     May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,  save the children of the needy
            and crush the oppressor.
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     5     Let them fear You while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout
           all generations.
     6     May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
     7     In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
     8     May he also rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
     9     Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust.
     10    Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; the kings of Sheba–
     11    And let all kings bow down before him, all nations serve him.
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     12     For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, the afflicted also, and him
             who has no helper.
     13     He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save.
     14     He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, and their blood will be
             precious in his sight;
     15     So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; and let them pray for
             him continually–let  them bless him all day long.
     16     May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains–
              Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon, and may those from the city flourish
             like vegetation of the earth.
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     17     May his name endure forever–may his name increase as long as the sun shines.
             And let men bless themselves by him, let all nations call him blessed.
     18     Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders.
     19     And blessed be His glorious name forever.  And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
              Amen, and Amen.
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…Psalm 28: Death of Saul and his son’s

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:43, 44

imagesCA18BATSSaul and Jonathan are killed.  This part of David’s life touched me …  more than any other psalm I have written about.  This lament is not recorded in the Book of Psalms, but the song itself can be read in 2 Samuel chapter 1.  I felt David’s pain, I felt the heartache over the loss of a brother and a friend.  This was Agape’ love.

 We find David lamenting over the death of Saul and his sons after battle.  David’s public expression of grief over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan has been preserved into a poem, “The Song of the Bow.”  David has no harsh word or condemnation for Saul–but only spoke with respect for the anointed one of God.  David praised Jonathan’s love for him as “wonderful”–next to the love between Christ and his people. This affection produced a strong friendship.  In David’s song, which opens and closes with “How the mighty have fallen!” David warned the people against the telling of the tragedy in Philistia–or else the Philistine maidens would rejoice… just as the Israelite maidens had done singing of the triumphs of David over Saul years before. (1 Samuel 18:7)    Even though Saul oppressed the people at times, he also brought them bounty. But it was Jonathan whom David celebrated for all the years of their unbroken friendship… “your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of a women.”  

David’s Lament

2 Samuel 17- 27  “Then David lamented over Saul and over Jonathan his son… and he told the people to teach the children of Judah this Song of the Bow

“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!  Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon–lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.  O mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there! The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil, from the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty.

The bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did not return empty.  Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,  and in their death they were not divided.  They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.  “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet–with luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.  How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain in your high places.  I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.  You have been very pleasant to me; your love to me was wonderful,  surpassing the love of women.  How the mighty have fallen,  and the weapons of war perished!”  

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PSALM  28

1     To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me,
     Lest, if You are silent to me,  I become like those who go down to the pit.
2     Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You,
     When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3     Do not take me away with the wicked–and with the workers of iniquity,
     Who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.
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4   Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors–
     Give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.
5     Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands,
     He shall destroy them and not build them up.
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6     Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7     The Lord is my strength and my shield. my heart trust in Him, and I am helped;
     Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
8     The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9     Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance–
     Shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.

…Psalm 12: Wisdom is a Gift from God

WISDOM is a Gift from GOD

David’s wisdom came from one source.  For us, the source is the same —The Lord God is the source of all Wisdom — and there can be no other way.                          

David called on the Lord in the morning…  in the evening when retiring…. and all day long as he sought God’s Spirit for guidance and peace.  David was obedient to God’s Spirit—that is the BIG  “how do we keep it” once we receive  it.   Read from 1 Samuel 18: 14-15:  “And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.   Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.   And all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.”

God did take notice and God was with him.  Saul also noticed how David behaved very wisely and he became all the more fearful of him.  All of Israel and Judah followed David now.  David’s life was in more danger as Saul’s “fear” increased more and more.  Being a greater threat to Saul now,  Saul decided he would have to find a way to end his life. His plan was to give him over in marriage to one of his daughters and  make him chief over his army… hoping that being at war with the Philistines would put an end to his life.   He married Mi’chal, continued going to war with the Philistines, and was successful in all he put his hand to—and Saul now became David’s enemy continually.
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Truth for today:   We have God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect answers to our problems.  He will work deliverance for his oppressed people.  God is faithful, even when we are not…  His Word is faithful.  God’s Word can be  compared to silver refined to the highest degree.   As long as we are in the world, there will be the proud and wicked.   But we are to put ourselves into the hands of Christ our Savior   There we have safety.  For nothing can pluck us from his Hand—if we being built on Him, our Rock, we are safe.
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Psalm 12 
1     Help, Lord,  for the godly man ceases!  
     For the faithful  are disappearing  from among the sons of men.
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2    They speak idly everyone with his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3     May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things.
4     Who have said,  “With our tongue we will prevail—
     Our lips are our own, who is lord over us?”
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5     “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord;
     “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
6     The words of the Lord are pure words—
     Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7     You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
8     The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.